Which Hormonal State Influences Your Energy? Stress and Fatigue
Constant fatigue and daily stresses go with us very often these days since the rhythm of life is harsh and really speedy. Many folks often feel sudden energy drops, admit they can’t get up from bed in the morning, or just can’t go out to spend time with friends and prefer to stay home and watch movies.
Low energy depends on complex factors and circumstances that include both the level of activity, level of stress and how we cope with it, our initial health state, our age, our mental condition, and of course, our hormones. Let’s see which ones control our energy the most.
Hormones and Energy
Hormones both control a number of bodily functions and become very vital when it comes to promoting energy. They instruct cells on what to do by upregulating the release of ATP (adenosine-triphosphate) – an energy-carrying molecule available in the cells of all living beings. ATP is required by every organ and cell of the body to function properly, and controlling the energy is no exception.
So, which hormones are important for the production of energy?
Yes, the main organ responsible for how brisk we feel is the thyroid gland. Thyroxine is the key hormone produced by the thyroid gland that acts to increase the metabolic rate thus regulating the growth and development of tissues and organs. DNA of every cell has thyroxine receptors found on it, so Thyroxine is one of the main hormones that control our energy.
Cortisol is a stress hormone responsible for our ability to stay awake during the day and be energized enough for daily activities. Some amount of stress is normal and even compulsory for our body and it is maintained by the optimal levels of cortisol. However, chronic stress can be harmful both for the endocrine system, nervous system, work of organs, and overall health.
As cortisol is generated in adrenal glands which also release the precursors for sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen, the stress makes those glands put cortisol in order of priority over sex hormones, and this makes the survival of the body subjected to stress more important than reproduction. As a result, if you are disposed to prolonged stress, you may have troubles with sex hormones and experience the related consequences.
Any type of stress, no matter physical, emotional, physiological, or nutritional, is perceived by the body the same way.
How does hormonal imbalance influence energy?
Some specific malfunctions of hormones can badly influence your energy, some of them are as follows:
1. Thyroid Dysfunction
Thyroid hormones imbalance supposes either overproduction of thyroid hormone known as hyperthyroidism or underproduction of thyroid hormone known as hypothyroidism. The excess level of thyroid hormone influences a number of body functions as badly as the deficiency of this hormone.
2. Adrenal Fatigue
If we experience regular stress this overcharges the adrenal glands and leads to adrenal fatigue. This disorder means that adrenal glands are no longer able to bear the amount of cortisol utilized to cope with stress. Adrenal fatigue is what makes a person feel often tired, idle, and exhausted.
3. Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen dominance happens when a person has an excess amount of estrogen which surpasses the levels of other hormones. This happens because many modern processed foods include estrogen-mimicking chemicals that get into the body when you eat these foods, and the body isn’t able to deal with such amounts of chemicals.
Of course, healthy eating, regular sports, good sleep, and stress management can help but if the problem is with your thyroid, it’s better to consider thyroid replacement therapy. Get in touch with us here to learn more within a free consultation!